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The Bride's Brother

Narrated by: Randi Johnson
Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
4 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)
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Summary

Toby

Is it wrong to be attracted to the groom in a wedding? Or, I thought he was the groom! No, this guy is open and single and...into me? Is he into me?

He'd be the first for quite some time. 

I have to admit, seeing all these weddings come and go can be a bit much when you go home all by yourself. But is it ethical to date a client's brother?

Hunter

He's such a snob, but I guess he's no worse than my sister. I'm always the one shoved around by everyone - but even him?

At least he understands when it's a case of mistaken identity. I certainly never said I was marrying my sister. That would be one screwed up situation, and besides, I'm not much for women anyway. 

Still, I've never met quite anyone like him. He's seen so much love, but he doesn't have any for himself. I wouldn't mind changing that. 

This mistaken identity book is steaming hot and ready for your eager ears. With no cheating and a HEA, you won't want to put this one down. Just make sure you are an adult, as this one is spicy!

©2018 Shehan Peiris (P)2018 Shehan Peiris

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Toby the wedding planner is attracted to the bride's brother, Hunter who is not openly gay. They start a relationship but Toby soon learns that Hunter is a pushover when it comes to his family especially his sister Julia whose only concern with her wedding is that its expensive and lavish. They argue and Toby is fired. Hunter must now man up and face his family to get the man he loves back. Good Narration.

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Sweet story!

This was surprisingly good!! I’m not always a fan of MM stories. Mostly because they can be cold and clinical. JP Oliver did a great job telling Hunter and Toby’s story, and I truly enjoyed listening to it.

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The brother of the bride finds his ever after...

Julie is about to get married to a billionaire and Toby gets to be the wedding planner of a lavish wedding. Hunter, Julie’s brother gets to be her sidekick. The way Hunter and Toby meet sets the tone in their relationship from the beginning. They are so sweet together. But Hunter has to get out of the closet to really be happy. It’s a happily ever after kind of tale.

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Something different

I really enjoyed this book. Randi really brought the characters to life with his narration and enthusiasm. Fantastic performance! The ups and downs are realistic and fun at times.

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Sweet & Enjoyable Story! Great Audible Listen🎧

This is an enjoyable, well written, well told romance. The storylines are interesting and entertaining. The characters are nicely developed, there was great chemistry between the two leads, Toby and Hunter. I was glad when Hunter finally grew a pair and set his darling (NOT) sister, straight. Love the twist at the end, maybe it was Julia’s way to redeem herself.

I listened to the Audible edition, the narrator Randi Johnson has a wonderful voice and does a great job telling the story. He brings the characters to life from the pages to your ears. Thanks for this great and entertaining listen!

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Bland romance

This bland romance has a premise that is too ridiculous. What wedding planner doesn't know the names of the people getting married? So the romance plot was contrived and so was the wedding plot, plus the dialogue was stilted. The characters spent far too much time in their heads, over-thinking everything, and not just once, but over and over on the same subject.
I can't say I liked any of the characters that much. I hated the bride to be (Hunter's sister) and Toby annoyed me no end, he had the most ridiculous expectations of Hunter's behaviour with his sister.
Unfortunately the narrator had some heavy handed dialogue to deal with but it was made even harder to listen to because there was no distinction between the characters, even the female ones and I often lost track of who was speaking. However the narrator was probably the best thing about this book. The reading was clear and concise and the narrator has a nice voice, but it was more of a reading than a performance.

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  • Drifter
  • 16-02-19

Fun and sexy read

This book has comedy, romantic scenes, a man that is diplomatic but believes in honesty, a man that would rather just go with the flow, a bridezilla, forgiveness, facing one's faults, and love. Toby and Hunter grow and mature quite a bit in this story. They make such a cute couple that you can't help but cheer them on. This was a fun and enjoyable read.

The narrator sounded like an announcer at first but the further I got into the book the better he got. I received this Audible book in exchange for a review. I enjoyed this book and recommend it.

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  • Jennifer K.
  • 30-01-19

Mistaken identity

this was a fun romance. The wedding planner mistakes the brides brother as the groom. As weeks go by the brother tries to get the wedding planner attention till finally it comes to a head. Some hot and steamy.

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  • Jill A Green
  • 28-01-19

Cute misunderstood slow burn

The premise around this was quite enjoyable. Lots of misunderstanding making the slow burn a little torturous at times, but did add to the depth of the story. A nice quick listen! The narrator is good, could use a little definition between the male characters, I got confused at some points. Overall good enjoyable book!!

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  • Tammy B Oakley
  • 25-01-19

Great book!

This is my first MM book and it was really good!! The story itself was pretty much like any other romance book with all the elements I’ve come to expect. I laughed, I got mad and I even got a little tearful.
The characters were charming and funny at times. The narration was ok but it kinda sounded like he was yelling most of the time. A few times when he got quieter and seductive he had quite the sexy voice.
I would recommend this book.

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  • Nickiann
  • 24-01-19

Enjoyable

What a great story to listen to. The narrator got better as the story progressed and you will laugh out loud in some parts. When Julia uses a bridal coordinator to plan her outlandish wedding, her groom cannot be bothered to help make the plans. When her brother ends up helping her sparks fly between Hunter and Toby. Can the two last when Julia fires Toby for putting the bridezilla in her place? Simply adorable!!

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  • victoria@audiobookobsession"
  • 23-01-19

Not what is seems .

A cute story .
The author gets five stars ⭐️ for a cute story that has the listener full of emotions . This makes for a great story .
The Narrator Randi Johnson get five stars ⭐️ His performance was great !

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  • Lovinghotbooks1
  • 22-01-19

Confused party planner

I love the beginning of this book and it didn’t get less lovely the further I read.
This was fun, entertaining and a bit steamy, just how I like it.
* No unnecessary descriptions of surroundings
* Good dialogues that makes the story build steadily
* A little argument and some forgiving made the story a bit intriguing
* The attraction between the main characters is showing from the beginning
* Good and steamy love scenes

Narrator:
Clear pronunciation and good voice.
The story was read with engagement and feelings so I enjoyed it.

I recommend this mm romance if you like fun flirting dialogues and characters that has flaws like we all do.

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  • Jovan
  • 19-01-19

Ok story helped by good narration

Narration: 3.5 Stars

Upon meeting his new client, Julia, Toby is unexpectedly and unwillingly attracted to the stunning and charming Hunter, the man he believes to be her fiancée. As the weeks pass, Toby becomes increasing irate at Hunter’s flirtation and and ashamed by his own attraction until it comes to a head and he discovers Hunter is the bride’s brother. Although feeling better for not lusting after his client’s groom, Toby is still worried about the conflict of interest posed by dating his client’s brother, but, as the two men work to keep Julia’s bridezilla ways and atrociously bratty behavior in check, they cannot help but gravitate to one another. Unfortunately, being too afraid to come out to his parents is the least of Hunter’s issues, as he is incapable of standing up for himself or saying “no” to his baby sister, and as her behavior and her treatment of Toby and Hunter worsens, his unwillingness to rock the boat brings Toby’s fear that Hunter will never be there for him as a partner or have his back into reality.

For the most part, The Bride’s Brother is a cute, but ultimately interchangeable mistaken identity/bridezilla wedding story with a premise that stretches the suspension of disbelief to the breaking point. Toby is an up-and coming wedding planner, who although competent enough to have planned the highly stressful and detailed wedding of a celebrity, somehow manages to mistake his client’s brother for the groom for weeks. This snafu is explained seven chapters in with the dubious explanation of not reviewing the email inquiry form before the initial meeting and forgetting the groom’s name because apparently there are no contracts or paperwork filled out in the WEEKS of working with the bride—a contrivance that may not have irritated me so much if it hadn’t been drawn out and rehashed for so long. I almost DNFd it was that annoying; frankly had I been reading it instead of listening, I probably would have.

Fortunately, the misunderstanding (*cough* incompetence) ended as I reached my breaking point so the actual story could progress. After that, it was predictable, but still mostly enjoyable. After the requisite “you must think I’m an idiot” convo, Toby and Hunter go out for dinner and hook up afterwards. They agree to keep their “relationship” a secret because a) Hunter is only out to Julia and b) Julia is such a selfish brat that she would get jealous and feel like Toby’s sole focus wasn’t on her wedding if she knew he and Hunter were dating and keeping Julia happy and her demands reasonable is the driving force for the plot and conflict between Toby and Hunter.

As MCs go, Toby is a likeable character; he is confident, friendly, understanding and charming. Outwardly, Hunter is confident and charming as well, inwardly he is incapable of standing up for himself and always chooses the path of least resistance when it comes to big and small life choices. He seems to be mostly enamored by Toby’s easy confidence and later the fact that Toby sticks up for him when no one in his life ever had before. While it makes sense that Hunter would appreciate this about Toby, instead of maybe thinking he should learn to stick up for himself, Hunter decides he needs a guy by his side who will fight his battles for him. . . all while in the closet of course. Eventually, Hunter’s spinelessness and inability to call out his sister’s obnoxious, ugly and entitled behavior causes him to stand by and say nothing when Julia takes out her unhappiness on Toby, who has his worst fears confirmed.

Although, there is dialogue about Toby’s inability to really commit and not giving their relationship a chance from the start, in the face of Hunter’s “I don’t know if I can ever come out-let’s keep this casual, while I tell you I love you but can’t support you” behavior, I can’t say I blame him and seems tacked on to make their ultimate blow out seem more even—highlighting the sometimes clunky nature of the writing. There are several instances where dialogue feels tacked on as if something related to it initially had been cut out or that some of the sequences were out of order because the dialogue didn’t match their behaviors. For example, after they had already had sexual interludes twice, Toby is suddenly worried about being too inexperienced or not what Hunter wants, and don’t get me started on the, “I can be professional” after almost getting caught having sex in his office with Julia stepping out for a few minutes or the “there won’t be any conflict of interest/letting our relationship distract me from my job” right after said conflict/distraction occurs.

As I mentioned before, it was the narration that kept me from quitting the book. Randi Johnson’s enthusiasm and jovial delivery was infectious. He has a solid narrative voice, great pacing and seemed to really engage with the material. My main problem is that he isn’t consistent with keeping Toby and Hunter’s voices distinct, and hasn’t quite mastered the ability to differentiate inner thoughts from dialogue. Additionally, he’s good at delivering upbeat emotions, sarcasm and anger, but has a bit more trouble with the passion/sexy time inflections. However, he is a strong narrator with a good voice and despite some hiccups, I would not have finished the story without him. While, I know it sounds like I hated the book, I didn’t. The story has plenty of promising gems in the writing that make me want to try more of J.P. Oliver’s work, and I’ll definitely look forward to Randi’s progression as a narrator. The Bride’s Brother is a decent story that could have been pretty good with stronger editing/attention to story structure and without the heavy reliance on an initial misunderstanding that strains credulity.

I voluntarily reviewed an audiobook copy of this book.

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  • Georgiana
  • 04-01-19

The Bride's Brother

Julia (bridezilla), Hunter (closeted gay brother to Julia), and Toby (out of closet wedding planner) make for an interesting story filled with light angst and lots of drama.

I found this story to be cute enough, but a little unrealistic and losing my attention at times. Both men had some flaws and were lacking some in the personality department. Julia was a little annoying and a complete bridezilla. I was really looking forward to this story and it was just ok.

The saving grace… Randi Johnson. I was impressed and thought he did a great job. I found myself several times thinking he sounded similar to Casey Kasem, which is a great thing to me as I adored the man’s voice.

I was given this free audiobook review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • JD
  • 02-01-19

Enjoyable Listen

The story is good and easy to listen to. I was rooting for the main characters and wanting Hunter's sister to grow up and not be so rude. Luckily it all turned out good in the end.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review